The benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an incredibly versatile plant for your health. Its benefits can help you externally and internally. The plant is high in vitamins such as A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. Aloe is also high in those essential amino and fatty acids. Here are just five active ways this powerhouse plant can improve your health:

  • Aloe aids digestion—the soothing juice found within the leaf is an adaptogen, which means it can help with either constipation or diarrhea, regulating your elimination cycles. It is also beneficial for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux, and decreases the amount of bad bacteria in your gut thus balancing your flora.

 

  • Aloe alkalizes the system—making sure the body is alkalized if one of the best things you can do for your body to avoid acidic digestion and prevent disease. Disease is more prone in acidic conditions.

 

  • Aloe is an external disinfectant—its active ingredients are sulfur, salicylic acid, lupeol, cinnamic acid, phenol, and urea nitrogen. They all protect against bacteria, and are antimicrobial thus fighting off infections externally and internally. Great for healing scrapes, cuts, and soothing burns. It is also really hydrating for your skin as it is made of 90% water.

 

  • Aloe helps boost the immune system—with its rich antioxidant content and polysaccharides, aloe vera juice can help stimulate macrophages (white blood cells that fight off viruses) and thus prevent illness and promote wellbeing.

 

  • Aloe is anti-inflammatory—aloe contains B-sisterole which can slow down or prevent inflammation, helping with joint stiffness and pain, and can promote joint flexibility.

 

You can buy aloe vera juice at the store, or buy a plant and make your own! It’s an added boost to your cooking, smoothies, or on its own. And don’t forget about its amazing skin benefits. Having a plant in the kitchen is great for any emergencies (cuts, scrapes etc.), especially with children around.

 

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Choosing the right Superfood for you

Superfoods are essential on a plant-based diet.
Why?  Because the food we consume today has at least 50%
less nutrients than it did some 30 years ago.  And our bodies
are just not getting all the nutrition it needs simply by the plant-based
food sources in raw form.
Superfoods are foods that contain a plethora of vitamins, minerals,
nutrients, protein, fiber, antioxidants, beta carotene, flavonoids, calcium,
iodine and a host of other nutrients that most foods do not contain all
in one food source.  You usually have to eat a number of different foods
to get all of those nutrients.  Superfoods are these God-sent multi-tasking,
multi-purpose foods that give you lots of nutrient richness in a low-caloric
form.  I tend to look at superfoods as a higher quality form of a multivitamin.
For example, one orange contains the recommended daily amount of
vitamin C that the body needs.  Vitamin C is the main nutrient in an
orange. It does also have small amounts of fiber (when eating the white
matter under the skin peel), vitamin A, iron, calcium, zinc, sodium, etc.
However its not like raw cacao, where chocolate comes from, a favorite
superfood of many that contains high amounts of magnesium, iron,
antioxidants, essential fatty acids, sulphur, and it contains natural hormones
and stimulants that help to combat depression and alleviate stress.
The best way to choose the right superfood is to first determine
what your body mostly needs.
Because I have a thyroid condition, I make sure I consume and have on hand in my pantry plenty of seaweed vegetables and I also take a superfood from E3Live called Renew Me, Total Body Blend which acts as my multivitamin because it contains high amounts of iodine, manganese, zinc, copper, protein from the spirulina, MSM (an organic sulphur), selenium, chromium, etc.
So choose a superfood according to what your body needs first and then
based on what your palette desires.
I also like to munch on goji berries for a snack and add chia seeds for protein to my dehydrated crackers, smoothies, yogurts, puddings, and salads.
This is how you want to eat –  for nutrition first and for taste second by
determining first what your body needs and then for taste to satisfy your palette’s desires.